Few people truly understand the importance of gut health. The gut is considered the second brain of the body, it helps to regulate our internal organs, keep our digestive systems in good nick and monitor our weight. The gut is also surprisingly closely linked to mental health. Serotonin, a prominent mood-modulator, is made both in the digestive tract and the brain. A healthy gut produces serotonin that can elevate mood, promote better sleeping patterns and boost energy levels. Here are just a few helpful ways to keep your gut in good condition.
Eat more veggies!
Vegetables contain a wealth of nutrients that optimize your general health. Vitamin-rich veggies will help to boost your overall wellness and keep all internal systems running smoothly. Try to include more greens in your diet and focus on introducing superfoods into every meal. Kale, legumes, blueberries, nuts and avocado are all delicious additions that will help to keep you feeling wonderful.
Up your fibre intake
Fibre can provide a huge variety of beneficial compounds and nutrients that will help improve the state of your gut. Fibre can be found in whole grains, fruit, veggies, nuts and legumes.
Get your probiotic kick
Instead of resorting to using supplements, a whole foods diet can introduce all the probiotics needed to maintain gut health. Supplements can be helpful but its an emerging product market that little extended research has been done about. Fermented foods such as kombucha, sauerkraut and kimchi are all rich in natural probiotics.
Avoid the booze
Unfortunately for all you cocktail-lovers, high levels of alcohol consumption has a severe negative impact on gut health, so drink wisely. But don’t despair! Moderate red wine intake has been reported to actually boost healthy gut bacteria levels so a glass of merlot with your evening meal is alright by us.